There are millions of Americans who suffer from sleep apnea. For those who seek treatment, CPAP has been a tremendous help in treating OSA and, at times, even eliminating symptoms caused by untreated sleep apnea. If you’re new to therapy or are still considering treatment, here are the basics of how they work.
CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. This continuous flow of oxygen helps to eliminate the pauses in breathing that those with sleep apnea suffer from. On an average night, those with moderate OSA experience 15-29 apneas per hour. If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can have devastating effects ono your health, including heart attacks and strokes. These are just a few reasons why CPAP machines have been a great relief to many.
There are a variety of different types of CPAP motors. However, the primary purpose of each of them is to intake the air and pressurize it before gently pushing the air to you. Each of the devices has an air filter that can and should be replaced often. Some of the more advanced machines have a built-in humidifier which aids in eliminating dry throat and nose. The additional heated moisture is very helpful for those just beginning therapy, along with those in dry climates.
Are you worried this device will keep your partner up just as much as your snoring has? There’s no need to worry, CPAP machines are now built to be extremely quiet!
This is simply the highway that your air travels through. It’s what connects you to the therapy. They are usually about six feet long, so you have plenty of room to move freely in the night. Some of them are heated, to help keep the tubing clean.
You’re going to have many choices when it comes to your mask. Your mask will first be measured for the specific shape and size of your face. From that point, you can choose from three different mask types. Everyone has their own preference for what’s comfortable and how they sleep best. There are nasal masks, full face masks and nasal pillows. Check out the mask types here.
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